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Stevens Memorial Library is led by Library Director, Terri Anstiss. Learn more about us and get involved! Big things are happening at SML... Educational. Culture. Recreation. Art. Information. History. Activities & Events.
Terri was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. She holds a Master of Library Science from Simmons University with additional coursework in school library teacher certification and educational technology. Terri has both public library and school library experience, and is a licensed library media specialist. She's worked in reference, circulation and administration in public libraries, as well as with students in grades K-12 in school libraries.
Terri loves to spend time with her children and attend their athletic events and artistic performances. She also enjoys reading nonfiction, music and the arts, spending time outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Claire is our Youth Services Librarian, and comes to us from Chicopee. She had been working in Circulation, but Youth Services is her true passion.
Claire has her Master's Degree in Library Science, and hopes to bring wonderful programming and materials to the youth of Ashburnham and surrounding towns. She loves being crafty, and learning new things. On her days off, you can find her reading, or teaching her cats tricks.
Erin originally comes to us from the Ashby Free Public Library where she still works as a cataloguer.
She previously managed a MovieStop store and always has great recommendations for movie fans of any taste, as well as an uncanny ability to recall film titles based on vague descriptions of the plot or the featured actors. If you have a movie mystery, Erin can probably solve it.
In addition to spending her time at the various movie theaters in the area, Erin enjoys reading and writing—especially weird fiction—as well as cooking and hanging out with her cats.
Keith has lived in Ashburnham since 1980 and raised three children here. He has been on the library staff since 2009.
Keith's a graduate of UMass/Amherst and Boston University and has previously worked as a teacher, corporate communications specialist, and video producer. His interests include singing and playing the guitar, gardening, camping, and of course, books!
Angela lives in Ashburnham with her husband and three children.
She previously worked as a Theology teacher in Worcester, and Director and Coordinator of after school Religious Education programs in the Boston area. She has a Master's degree in Education from Providence College and degrees in Art and Theology from Assumption College.
Angela enjoys creating new adventures and activities with her children, arts and crafts, drawing, cooking, exercise, and the outdoors.
The Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library are citizens of Ashburnham and are elected by town voters. Each serves a term of three (3) years.
In addition to email, you may also contact each Trustee by leaving a message for them here at the library. A Trustee will return your call in a timely manner.
❯ Ed Vitone, Chair Email
❯ Paula St. Laurent Kuehl, Treasurer
❯ Katie Stevens
❯ Christopher Rigby
❯ Anne Olivari
❯ Molly Ruble
All Library Board of Trustee Meetings are open to the public. The Trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00.
To find Trustees agendas & minutes from 1968-2012, please click here. For more recent minutes, please go here and click Library Board of Trustees.
Stevens Memorial Library Mission Statement
The Stevens Memorial Library supports its community through the provision of materials, programs, space, and technology to aid in the educational, cultural, and recreational development of its entire community.
The library is committed to providing a welcoming space for Ashburnham citizens and residents of neighboring communities without regard to gender, race, age, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.
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Our membership roster includes families, individuals, and businesses in the Ashburnham area. Their annual membership dues, provide important financial support to the library; support that translates into entertaining and educational activities for children and adults, new materials for all library patrons to enjoy, and physical improvements to our building and grounds.
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THE LIBRARY'S HISTORY
Ashburnham’s first library was established in 1793 through the sale of shares at two dollars apiece. This library managed to be self-supporting through the contributions of its members (and aided by share sales, financial and material donations, and book sales) until 1833, when it was disbanded. Its contents were distributed among its members.
In 1850, “the [private] Ladies’ Library Association was organized and a collection of books of approved character was continued by renewals until 1884” (Stearns 534).
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Ashburnham's Stevens Memorial Library's Board of Trustees has established policies to aid in the fair treatment of all who use our resources and provide guidelines for procedures and behavior.
If you have any questions about these policies after reviewing them below, please phone or visit the library. These include:
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